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A Conversation with San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed: Part I

San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed will term out of office in less than four months.

San Jose Inside editor Josh Koehn sat down for a interview last week with San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. In the first part of their conversation, the two discuss the city's controversial pension reforms, the depleted police ranks, the current mayor's race, San Jose's lawsuit with Major League Baseball and Reed's insistence that he's not a closet Republican.

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A’s Agreement to Stay in Oakland Put on Hold

San Jose has incorporated plans for a new A's stadium into its blueprint for downtown.

Though Oakland A's owner Lew Wolff has long wanted to move his team to San Jose, he has reached a tentative lease agreement to stay put for another decade. But a vote Friday to approve the deal was delayed after four of eight Coliseum Joint Powers Authority board members did not show.

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San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed Takes Long View in Final State of the City Speech

Mayor Chuck Reed said Thursday that many of the projects started during his two terms as mayor of San Jose will be finished by the next mayor. (San Jose Inside photo)

Chuck Reed spent much of his eighth and final State of the City speech thanking his predecessors while noting that a mayor’s work goes on long after he or she leaves office. Noting that he and past elected officials in San Jose have stood “on the shoulders of giants,” Reed said the work he and the council have carried out in recent years must be viewed outside the prism of four-year term limits. “We have to think in much longer timeframes,” he said.

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San Jose’s Lawsuit against Major League Baseball Takes a Hit

Parts of San Jose’s lawsuit to allow the Oakland A’s to relocate here and build a stadium were thrown out Friday.

A federal judge on Friday dismissed most of San Jose’s lawsuit against Major League Baseball, which accused the league of flouting antitrust laws by delaying a proposed move of the Oakland A’s to the South Bay. U.S District Judge Ronald M. Whyte said San Jose could go ahead with claims that MLB got in the way of an option agreement between the city and the A’s over property for a new stadium. That means the city could still pursue billions of dollars in damages, but has to back down on a court order to allow the A’s to move to San Jose.

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Mayor Reed Could Tie Legacy to Bringing A’s to San Jose

Mayor Chuck Reed has had difficulty bending the ear of Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.

My last column described how luck, spunk and political ambition brought the 49ers to Santa Clara. Now it is time for San Jose to step to the plate and get the Oakland Athletics. Let’s start with the positives: A’s owner Lew Wolff wants the team in San Jose and the San Jose establishment wants the A’s in San Jose. So, what is the problem? Politics, pure and simple.

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Secret Baseball Meetings, Audit Coincide

The proposed Oakland A’s move to San Jose hasn’t had much progress in over three years. But an interesting development occurred last week. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig’s three-person committee in charge of finding the best future home for the A’s reportedly met with city officials and business leaders in San Jose and Oakland. Meanwhile, investigators from State Controller John Chiang’s office have been coming through old San Jose Redevelopment Agency records pertaining to land being held for a possible A’s stadium.

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